The Death of Virgil, by Hermann Broch
Broch, the author of The Sleepwalkers, is one of the few modern writers from whom a great thing is to be expected. Now here is this endless and arduous monologue of the dying Virgil, the work of many years and long awaited by serious readers. It is a book shot through with the troubles and personal revaluations of one who, like many others, was shaken by the persecutions of the last years. Below the surface this is its main theme: that it is necessary to take seriously, to give oneself to, the troubles of one’s fellows.
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